Bury Council are being made to pay out under a “historic” equal pay deal stating that women should be paid the same as their male colleagues for doing work of equivalent value.
Bury is the first council that were targeting by the union Unison back in 2007, since which both parties have been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle regarding the payouts.
Steve Scott, a Unison official remarked that this is great news for low paid women carers, cleaners, caterers and other women working for Bury Council. “They have been waiting long enough for pay justice,” he said.
Scott went on to say that this is also a great historical day, as until now the issue of fairness among male and female workers has not been taken seriously enough.
“We are pleased that the council has at last accepted its responsibility to treat its women workers fairly. Most of the women’s claims which were first lodged in 2007 and for nearly five years the council has been wasting precious public money trying to defend the indefensible.” He said.
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